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National Guard will conduct training at Eastland Mall

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Members of the N.C. National Guard will be conducting training exercises at Eastland Mall this week, including landing helicopters in parking lots and moving ground convoys onto the mall’s property.

The training takes place from Friday until Monday. It starts at 1 p.m. each day at the mall site at 5431 Central Avenue and ends at 6 p.m.

Charlotte Area Transit System buses that make stops at the Eastland Community Transit Center won’t be affected by the training exercise. CATS buses will operate on a regular schedule.

The mall property is vacant. The city bought Eastland for $13.2 million last year, and council members recently voted last week to spend $781,520 to demolish the mall because developers looking at improving the property said they didn’t want the building.

Eastland was once the commercial hub of east Charlotte. But it lost business to other malls such as SouthPark and Concord Mills, and anchor stores began to close last decade.

The mall site had several owners, and the city bought the property so a developer wouldn’t have to negotiate with multiple people.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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